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Twin Cities kettle kickoff breaks records, raises $156K

Added on Saturday, November 9, 2013

A record breaking fundraiser for the Twin Cities Salvation Army raises more than $156,000 shattering the record set last year of $113,000.

The Twin Cities Salvation Army has another kettle kickoff (view kickoff photos) under its belt and the results are outstanding thanks to a $50,000 matching gift from Hormel Foods, makers of Cure 81 Hams, and a $15,000 early morning check presentation from Cub Foods. Personal checks and online gifts as of 9 p.m. totaled $23,000, The big news is the dynamic giving at the kettles. More than 200 volunteer bell ringers (see bell ringer photos), Rock Stars, worked 90 kettles for 8 hours and preliminary kettle numbers show $60,000 as volunteers continue to count funds.

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The Twin Cities Christmas goal is set at $10.8 million. The end of the campaign is December 31, 2013.